Prof Jörg Friedrichs

Associate Professor of Politics

Jörg Friedrichs is Associate Professor at ODID and Official Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Taking a broad transdisciplinary approach to academic research, his main interests are in the fields of international relations and political sociology.

In a recent article, Jörg has proposed a new intercultural theory of international relations.

Coming from an increasingly multicultural and multi-religious Europe, Jörg is presently working on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims outside the west. Specifically, he is interested in the quality and management of Chinese-Muslim and Indian-Muslim relations. A first article on Han-Muslim relations has recently appeared.

Until 2013, his work had a focus on climate change and energy (The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity, MIT Press, 2013; 'The carbon curse', Energy Policy, 2013). Jörg has also published on various other topics ranging from denial and self-deception to security regionalism in East Asia and from the privatisation of force to pragmatic research methodology. Further back, he worked on police cooperation, European approaches to international relations theory, and ancient Greek historiography.

Jörg has studied Classics at the universities of Munich, Tübingen and Rome, finishing with a book on political rhetoric in the historiography of Thucydides (2000). His doctoral studies in Political Science at Munich led to another book on European Approaches to International Relations Theory (2004). His postdoctoral research led to a third book, entitled Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation (2008).

Jörg has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as International Organization, International Theory, Philosophical Psychology, and the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

For more information (including a selection of publications for download), see his personal website.

Muslim minorities in a post-Western world

Jörg Friedrichs teaches for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. He teaches a seminar on Religion in World Politics. He contributes to the GGD plenary lectures and to the foundation course on Global Governance. He also teaches Qualitative Research Methods.

Research Students supervised

Alex Barnes
Research Student (PRS)
Ian Madison
Research Student
Katie Washington
Research Student (PRS)

Books and monographs

Friedrichs, Jörg (2008) 'Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation', London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2004) 'European Approaches to International Relations Theory: A House with Many Mansions', London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2000) 'Aufschlussreiche Rhetorik: Ein Versuch uber die Redekultur und ihren Verfall bei Thukydides', Wurzburg: Ergon

Journal articles and special issues

Friedrichs, Jörg (forthcoming) 'Intermestic security challenges: managing transnational bonds', European Journal of International Security
Friedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Outlandish Christendom: the Catholic Church in India and China', Journal of Church and State
Friedrichs, Jörg (2017) 'Sino-Muslim relations: The Han, the Hui and the Uyghurs', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 37 (1) 55-79
Friedrichs, Jörg (2016) 'Causal mechanisms and process patterns in international relations: thinking within and without the box', St Antony’s International Review 12 (1) 76-89
Friedrichs, Jörg (2014) 'Useful Lies: The Twisted Rationality of Denial', Philosophical Psychology 27 (2) 212-34
Friedrichs, Jörg (2013) 'Global Islamism and World Society', Telos 163 7-38
Friedrichs, Jörg (with Oliver R Inderwildi) (2013) 'The Carbon Curse: Are Fuel Rich Countries Doomed to High CO2 Intensities?', Energy Policy 62 1356-65
Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'East Asian Regional Security: What the ASEAN Family Can (Not) Do', Asian Survey 52 (4) 754-76
Friedrichs, Jörg (2011) 'Peak Energy and Climate Change: The Double Bind of Post-normal Science', Futures 43(4) 469-77
Friedrichs, Jörg (with F Kratochwil) (2009) 'On Acting and Knowing: How Pragmatism Can Advance International Relations Research and Methodology', International Organization 63(4) 701-31
Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'From Positivist Pretence to Pragmatist Awareness: Varieties of Pragmatic Methodology in IR Scholarship', International Studies Review 11(3) pp 645-8
Friedrichs, Jörg (with C Friedsendorf) (2009) 'The Mercenary Debate: Privatized Security Cripples State-building; Iraq is a Case in Point', The American Interest 4(6) 43-8
Friedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'Defining the International Public Enemy: The Political Struggle Behind the Legal Debate on International Terrorism', Leiden Journal of International Law 19(1) 69-91
Friedrichs, Jörg (2003) 'What's New About the New Middle Ages?', Leiden Journal of International Law 16(3) 649-53
Friedrichs, Jörg (2001) 'The Meaning of New Medievalism', European Journal of International Relations 7(4) 475-502
Friedrichs, Jörg (2001) 'International Relations Theory in France', Journal of International Relations and Development 4(2) 118-37


Friedrichs, Jörg (2014) 'Who's Afraid of Thomas Malthus?'. In Michael J Manfredo, Jerry J Vaske, Andreas Rechkemmer and Esther A Duke (eds) Understanding Society and Natural Resources: Forging New Strands of Integration Across the Social Sciences 67-92 , New York: Springer
Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'Peak Oil Futures: Same Crisis, Different Response'. In Oliver Inderwildi, Sir David King (eds) Energy, Transport and the Environment pp 55-75 , London: Springer
Friedrichs, Jörg (with C Friesendorf) (2010) 'The Privatization of Force and its Consequences: Unintended but not Unpredictable'. In C Daase, C Friesendorf (eds) Rethinking Security Governance: The Problem of Unintended Consequences 176-97 , London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2010) 'What Do We Mean When We Say Substance Matters?'. In O Kessler, R Hall, C Lynch, N Onuf (eds) On Rules, Politics and Knowledge: Friedrich Kratochwil, International Relations and Domestic Affairs 74-83 , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Friedrichs, Jörg (with O Waever) (2009) 'Western Europe: Structure and Strategy at the National and Regional Levels'. In A B Tickner, O Waever (eds) International Relations Scholarship Around the World: Worlding Beyond the West pp 261-85 , London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'Global Governance as Liberal Hegemony'. In J Whitman (ed) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses pp 105-22 , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Friedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'The Nordic Countries'. In K E Jorgensen, T B Knudsen (eds) International Relations in Europe: Traditions, Perspectives and Destinations pp 125-48 , London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'When Push Comes to Shove: The Territorial Monopoly of Force and the Travails of Neomedieval Europe'. In M Burgess, H Vollaard (eds) State Territoriality and European Integration pp 228-51 , London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2005) 'Politiche Nazionali a Confronto: Germania e Regno Unito'. In G Vacca (ed) Dalla Convenzione alla Costituzione pp 253-67 , Bari: Dedalo
Friedrichs, Jörg (2005) 'Global Governance as the Hegemonic Project of Transatlantic Civil Society'. In M Lederer, P Muller (eds) Criticizing Global Governance pp 45-68 , Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Friedrichs, Jörg (2004) 'The Neomedieval Renaissance: Global Governance and International Law in the New Middle Ages'. In I F Dekker, W G Werner (eds) Governance and International Legal Theory pp 3-36 , Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff

Encyclopedia entries

Friedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'New Medievalism', In J A Scholte, R Robertson (eds) Encylopedia of Globalization Vol 3 London and New York: Routledge pp 873-75
12 January, 2018
New article by Joerg Friedrichs explores security challenges of managing transnational bonds
23 May, 2017
New article by Joerg Friedrichs examines Sino-Muslim relations
11 August, 2014
Joerg Friedrichs' Book Wins Honourable Mention in Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
27 September, 2013
Joerg Friedrichs Writes on IPCC Report in Guardian
10 September, 2013
Joerg Friedrichs Writes on Determinants of Gas Flaring for
22 August, 2013
Britain and Norway avoid the 'carbon curse' of countries rich in fossil fuels
26 March, 2013
Joerg Friedrichs Wins Fell Fund Award for Project on 'Carbon Curse'
14 February, 2012
Four ODID Academics Participate in Korea Foundation Seminar on Reforming Global Economic Governance
28 October, 2011
Joerg Friedrichs to be Visiting Faculty at Harvard Summer School
Research interests:

International relations; political sociology; Islam in world politics.